The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need. Mike Healey\u2019s son was born prematurely, weighing 3 pounds, and immediately needed blood. \u201cI gave blood the next day and have done it 56 times since then,\u201d he said. Though Healey\u2019s son spent his first 49 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit, he has thrived and is now a healthy, 10-year-old little league baseball player. \u201cI will never forget whoever selflessly gave blood for my son.\u201d A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year\u2019s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don\u2019t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time \u2014 and more holidays \u2014 with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Fairfield County Nov. 16-30: Bridgeport Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Cesar A Batalla School, 606 Howard Avenue Brookfield Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., BJ's Wholesale Club, 106 Federal Road Danbury Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Danbury Hospital RSM, 24 Hospital Avenue Nov. 28, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Hampton Inn Danbury, 81 Newtown Road Nov. 29, 11:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Western CT State University, 181 White Street Fairfield Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fairfield Public School Central Office, 501 Kings Highway Nov. 24, 1-6 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 545 Stratfield Road Greenwich Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road Huntington Nov. 28, 1-6 p.m., Huntington Congregational Church, 41 Church Street New Canaan Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St. New Fairfield Nov. 17, 1:30-6:30 p.m., New Fairfield Congregational Church, 20 Gillotti Road Norwalk Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue Nov. 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Norwalk City Hall, East Avenue Redding Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road Shelton Nov. 28, 7 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Dianon Systems, 1 Forest Parkway Stamford Nov. 24, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive Nov. 25, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver\u2019s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17-years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18-years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass\u00ae to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org\/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.